MAT to the Max: Opioid Treatment in Local Jails

medicine pillsDuring the 2019 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill to create a statewide system of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders throughout local jails. In addition to bringing uniformity to the administration of this treatment, this legislation commits the State to fund screenings, evaluations, and treatments for inmates in county facilities.

Learn more about the new program from the jails that are first in line to implement it and medical providers that partner with jails to provide services at the MACo Summer Conference session, “MAT to the Max: Opioid Treatment in Local Jails.”

Title: MAT to the Max: Opioid Treatment in Local Jails

Description: Providing inmates with access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders is the latest frontier in jail services. The Maryland General Assembly recently passed legislation requiring all county jails and the Baltimore City Detention Center to provide their inmates with access to the full range of MAT (e.g. buprenorphine, methadone, naltrexone) within the next few years. How will it affect the future of county jail operations and the delivery of services? What does this mean for the health and welfare of inmates? What challenges and solutions are in store? Panelists will discuss these issues and more as we look at the future of MAT in jails.


  • Mary Ann Thompson, Assistant Warden, St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center
  • Thomas J. Weber, Esquire, Chief Executive Officer, PrimeCare Medical, Inc.
  • Todd W. Haskins, RN, BSN, CCHP, Chief Operating Officer, PrimeCare Medical, Inc.
  • Mary Lou McDonough, Director, Prince George’s County Department of Corrections
  • Jack Kavanaugh, Director, Howard County Department of Corrections

Moderator: The Honorable Chris West, Maryland Senate

Date/Time: Friday, August 16, 2019; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The MACo Summer Conference will be held August 14-17, 2019 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. This year’s conference theme is “Winds of Change.”

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